Hi again from a Yorkshire Dales that is starting to have a distinct feel of autumn about it!
Wonderful, great...I just love autumn, all those gorgeous colour changes to trees and shrubs
just a hint of coolness in the morning air and I am so looking forward to the first frosts -
(get rid of all those pesky flies!!)
Its been such a good year for the insects....
my nasturtiums got absolutely demolished by caterpillars, greenfly on my roses,
and this year for the first time ever we have had a wasp nest in the garden!!
I have been busy as usual with carding fibre and I finally, finally got down
to a bit of serious spinning - I've missed it!
Like I said I've been making up some carded batts - some I use myself others are bought and I suspect usually used for felting!! :0)
For my birthday I treated myself to a wonderful book called
'The Spinners book of Yarn Designs'.
Some of these techniques I have picked up along the way but there is still
so much for me to have a go at.
From this book I have learned how to make drumcarder punis'.....
now these I really enjoy spinning from.
My spinning tends to be worsted but it becomes a semi-woollen using
This first batch I called 'Winter Silhouette' and is a blend of fine Polwarth
with just a touch of 'black' Wensleydale wool - it is so soft and gorgeous!
The drumcarder puni.....
......the lovely soft hank of wool that resulted. :0)
This hank is made with the finest Shetland wool I could get hold of which I then blended with some hand dyed silk, topped off with it being plied with my own hand dyed, millspun,
Following on from my enjoying the hints of autumn in the air, I dyed and then spun this Wensleydale which I then called Early Autumn ....starting off with soft minky brown working through
gingery-gold highlights with a mere hint of pale green and ending on natural cream
for the hazy, misty early mornings.
This was a yarn I made really just using up some colour I had left over but I spun it using a semi-long draw method which put that extra bounce into the yarn - it would make a gorgeousl;y soft hat I think.
Check them out on my Folksy shop, go on,
you know you want to! :0)
Take care everyone, catch you all later,